If you're not only on a budget, but eco-minded too, then try these three for size
FERRY TO Alpe d'Huez, France.
Channel-hop by night from Poole or Portsmouth to Cherbourg: save money and do your bit for the planet. Drive straight down at your own pace: so little stress, we're huge fans.
JOURNEY TIME: UK to resort in 11¼ hours. 7 nights at Les Bergers apartments, from £164 pp for inc crossing (www.brittany-ferries.co.uk).
RAIL TO Bardonecchia, Italy.
Quash your carbon emissions and save £s from Paris direct to resort. Try this family-friendly spot for size.
JOURNEY TIME: UK to resort in 9½ hours. Rail from £98pp; Best Western Hotel Rive, from £43pp/pn (www.snowcarbon.com; www.hotelrive.it).
EUROTUNNEL TO Arc 1800, France.
Go via Eurotunnel from Folkestone to Calais and drive to your studio self-catering apartment in Residences Maeva Charmettoger in Arc 1800.
JOURNEY TIME: UK to resort, about 9 hours. From £379pp, inc return Eurotunnel (Flexiplus), six day Paradiski lift pass and ski/snowboard hire, w/c 19 December 2010 (www.ernalow.co.uk; 0845 863 0525).
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